This retail gem tucked away on Newbury Street transformed itself into one of the biggest businesses on the Boston scene, and answers the question “what clothes would a refined, city dwelling gentleman who enjoys duck hunting wear?”
Ball and Buck was founded in 2008, and in a short time period has made collaborations with fellow New England titans New Balance, Harpoon, and founded the American Field market: A yearly artisanal goods bonanza that has grown events in Brooklyn, D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, and San Fransisco. Vendors from across the country come to celebrate both their products and others in the hippest of trade shows.
Their Newbury Street store is a warm and masculine space, filled with flannel, taxidermy, and an upscale barbershop in the back. It’s staffed by charming, down to earth men who moisturise and make you consider whether you could pull off a man bun or forearm tattoo. The clothes are utilitarian but with a streetwear vibe, the modern city of Boston captured in garments.
Secluded as it is, the Ball and Buck store is one of my favourite spaces in the city, as if you’ve discovered an isolated log cabin filled with beautifully crafted, stylish American made goods in the woods that is Back Bay. It’s an American brand with a personality and a footprint larger than the simple square footage of its one gorgeous retail location, and a pioneer of an even larger movement. Shop and wear these clothes with pride, because they were certainly made with it.